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I’ll be on my way to Tulsa (my first–ever trip to Oklahoma) after a live Good Morning America segment from Dallas Monday morning. This follows a mother–daughter weekend with Emma, my 13–year–old, in Denver. But it’s my trip last week to Boston that’s really on my mind. (Racking up those frequent flyer miles!)
I served as a keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Conference for Women, which hosted its largest audience ever: more than 6,500 women—and a few wise men.
The lunchtime program featured a series of speakers, culminating with Christy Turlington, Gloria Steinem and me. Yup, you read it right—even though I can barely believe it as I type.
After sharing the stage with these incredible women, I can officially say I was the iconic Gloria Steinem’s warm–up. That was a pretty incredible experience for me given how meaningful her work is to me. She’s paved an unparalleled path for women to succeed.
When it was her time to shine, she shared so many nuggets of wisdom, a couple of which I want to paraphrase and share:
• Live for right now. If you had a miserable childhood, there’s a danger of always living for the future as you push to escape the past. If you had a sensational youth, there’s often a desire to go back in time to relive it. But you can only be truly present and find real beauty in what’s here right now. Make today count. Make this moment matter.
• Speak your mind. “A bird doesn’t sing because she has an audience. She sings because she has a song.” Are you waiting for approval from others before you can act? What’s stopping you from doing exactly what you were meant to do right now? Get busy and people will notice.
• Trust your gut. “If it looks like a duck, acts like a duck, and smells like a duck, but your gut tells you it’s a pig—it’s a pig.” (That drew big laughs.) Ignore that crazy little voice in your head that says don’t do it. Instead, listen to that crazy little voice in your heart that says go for it—and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
I’ll savor the memories of our backstage meeting, including Gloria’s graciousness in complimenting my speech about hustle.
Just before I spoke, I listened to Christy’s story. While everyone knows her career as a supermodel-—she started working at 14, signed an exclusive big bucks contract with Calvin Klein at 19, and broke every earnings record in her field—it’s Christy’s work today at 41 that’s even more impressive. She’s traveled the world to report on maternal health for a powerful documentary that will premiere on OWN in the spring, which accompanies her advocacy work that can be found at everymothercounts.org.
Now a married mother of two, Christy could have easily chosen to retire after banking millions in the modeling world. Instead, she devotes her time and talent to being a model citizen with a big heart and curious mind for philanthropy. Christy is using her platform to give a voice to women who’ve been silenced around the globe and to an issue that goes largely unreported: poor women who die every day during childbirth — deaths that could be prevented.
How are YOU using your voice? What will you stand up for in the new year? Where will you make your needs known? And how will you go about making great things happen for yourself and those around you?
Take a moment to declare your intentions here. Once you commit to it aloud, there’s a greater likelihood that you’ll put action to your promises. We’ll hold you to it.